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Salix OS

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Salix OS is a multi-purpose Linux distribution based on Slackware


  • 1 Goals
  • 2 Installation modes
  • 3 Package management
  • 4 System management
  • 5 Supported architectures
  • 6 LiveCD version
  • 7 History
  • 8 Development
  • 9 Documentation
  • 10 See also
  • 11 References
  • 12 External links


Salix OS retains full backwards compatibility with Slackware This enables Slackware users to benefit from Salix repositories, which they can use as an "extra" source of software for their distribution However, while in the KISS principle that Slackware adheres to, "Simple" refers to the system design, Salix OS applies it to daily use as well It aims to be simple, fast and easy to use2

To paraphrase the words of a journalist:the target audience for Salix OS might well be described as "lazy Slackers", users familiar with Linux in general and Slackware in particular who do not mind having additional tools to reduce their workload, while maintaining the maximum compatibility with Slackware possible Salix OS adds automated dependency resolution, enhanced internationalization and localization, a larger repository of applications, and a well equipped suite of native administration and configuration tools for both the GUI and the command line In so doing it is making the system more user friendly than vanilla Slackware to newcomers as well3

Installation modesedit

There are seven editions of Salix; MATE, Xfce, Fluxbox, OpenBox, KDE, and Ratpoison editions, each of which features the respective desktop environment4

The installation provided in Salix is text dialog based It is easy to navigate and offers a complete choice of options Spkg, which runs underneath, is optimized for speed A "full" mode installation only takes a few minutes on a modern PC5 For those who prefer a more conventional GUI installer, one is provided in Salix Live editions

Salix offers three different modes of installation :

Core: Only the minimum essentials for a console system to start Salix ncurses system tools are included, but a graphical system is not This mode is designed for experienced users who want to customize their installation for a specific purpose, such as a web server, file server, etc

Basic: This includes the previous Core mode applications with, depending on the particular edition, the addition of only the Xfce or OpenBox desktop environment, a web browser Firefox with Xfce and Midori with Openbox, the gslapt package manager and Salix system GUI utilities This mode is designed for advanced users that would like to install a lightweight Desktop environment and add their own choice of applications

Full: This installs a complete set of application one could need on a day-to-day basis That includes all the Basic mode applications with the addition of Claws-mail email client, the complete Libreoffice suite, a Java Runtime Environment, the Parole media player, Exaile music manager, etc, following the "one application per task" rationale

All three installation modes come with a complete development environment, so users do not need to add anything to start developing and compiling applications

Salix OS release history
Salix OS Xfce 130September 16, 2009
Salix OS Xfce 1301November 2, 2009
Salix OS Xfce 1302December 23, 2009
Salix Live Xfce 130April 8, 2010
Salix OS Xfce 131June 4, 2010
Salix OS LXDE 131June 16, 2010
Salix Live Xfce 1301July 27, 2010
Salix OS Xfce 1311August 8, 2010
Salix OS LXDE 1311September 6, 2010
Salix Live Xfce 1311September 16, 2010
Salix Live LXDE 1311September 16, 2010
Salix OS KDE 1312October 30, 2010
Salix OS Xfce 1312November 9, 2010
Salix OS Fluxbox 1312December 7, 2010
Salix OS LXDE 1312December 27, 2010
Salix OS Xfce 1337May 12, 2011
Salix OS Fluxbox 1337June 15, 2011
Salix OS KDE 1337July 22, 2011
Salix OS LXDE 1337August 18, 2011
Salix OS Ratpoison 1337October 5, 2011
Salix Live Xfce 1337February 3, 2012
Salix Live KDE 1337March 14, 2012
Salix OS MATE 1337May 9, 2012
Salix OS Xfce 140November 26, 2012
Salix OS KDE 14001July 22, 2013
Salix OS Ratpoison 1401October 30, 2013
Salix OS Xfce 1401March 4, 2014
Salix OS Mate 141June 1, 2014
Salix OS Openbox 141July 27, 2014
Salix OS Fluxbox 141September 22, 2014
Salix OS Xfce 141November 4, 2014

Package managementedit

A goal of Salix OS is package compatibility with Slackware Salix OS uses the slapt-get package management tool which provides the main functionalities of the apt-get variety of package managers6 It uses Slackware's tgz/txz package format, but adds dependency resolution management7 The system uses meta files dep files to provide dependency information, as well as package description during the install process Gslapt provides a GUI frontend with similar capabilities

System managementedit

All system management in Salix OS can be done the Slackware usual read manual way For the 'lazy Slackers' however, a full suite of internationalized system GUI utilities is provided along with ncurses counterparts which can be used in a non-graphical environment runlevel 3

Supported architecturesedit

Salix OS offers 2 versions:The first one is built and optimized for the i486/i686 architecture The second one is made for the x86-64 architecture89

LiveCD versionedit

Salix Live is the Live CD version of Salix OS It can be safely used to 'test drive' Salix without having to install anything on a computer One can thus determine whether and to what extent Salix OS is compatible with a particular hardware configuration and if it suits personal tastes before proceeding with the installation

Salix Live offers a full feature graphic installer which can manage any of Salix 3 modes of installation

It also features LiveClone, a native GUI utility that easily manages the generation of a vanilla or customized Salix LiveCD onto a regular CD-ROM or a USB key

Salix Live can also come in handy as a mobile solution or to perform some basic rescue operation such as fixing an ailing LILO bootloader, configuring some partitions, etc

Salix Live comes for different editions, both for 32 and 64bit systems10


Salix OS was originally initiated in 2009 by former Zenwalk developers George Vlahavas, Pierrick Le Brun, Thorsten Mühlfelder, and others, who wanted to return to a closer compatibility with Slackware and a simpler, more easily maintained distribution11


All development for Salix OS is done in an open and cooperative manner and is hosted on Sourceforge SVN12

Likewise, translations are cooperatively handled on Transifex13


The Salix Wiki was created as a source of information online14 and the Salix startup guide is available to help newcomers get familiar with the system15

See alsoedit

  • Free software portal
  • Slackware


  1. ^ Salix OS team page
  2. ^ Salix review at Human Readable
  3. ^ Feature Story by Caitlyn Martin at Distrowatch Weekly
  4. ^ Salix download page
  5. ^ The unofficial Slackware Linux package manager
  6. ^ slapt-get homepage
  7. ^ slapt-get package dependencies FAQ
  8. ^ Salix download page
  9. ^ Salix Distrowatch page
  10. ^ Salix download page
  11. ^ Linux Expres interview
  12. ^ Salix SVN at Sourceforge
  13. ^ Salix translation at Transifex
  14. ^ Salix Wiki
  15. ^ Salix Startup guide

External linksedit

  • Official website
  • Salix OS at DistroWatch
  • Linux für Tastatur-Fans:Salix Ratpoison 1401

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